Cop feared for life before shooting teen

A police officer who fired 14 shots in the fatal shooting of a Hastings teenager believed he and his fellow officers would die in a barrage of gun fire, a coroner's court has heard.

Mt Maunganui artificial surf reef to be removed

New Zealand's first artificial surf reef now appears to have been a complete wipe-out, with authorities deciding to remove the $1.5 million development at Mt Maunganui just a decade after its construction began.

Rugby: Hammett keeps the faith

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has largely kept the status quo with his Hurricanes line-up for Friday's game against the Blues at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

'Manipulative, murderous leach' gets life sentence

The South Auckland man who murdered his neighbour while stealing to pay a drug debt has been labelled a "manipulative, murderous leach to society".

Cyclist hurt in collision with car

A 39-year-old woman has been taken to Tauranga Hospital after she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle this morning.

Sun comes out as royals say farewell

Sun comes out as royals say farewell

The sun finally shone on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the last public appearance of their 10-day visit to New Zealand.

Girl shot with air rifle leaves hospital

An 8-year-old girl who was shot in the stomach with an air rifle by her brother has been discharged from Hawke's Bay Hospital.

Murder accused pleads not guilty

 A man accused of murdering a homeless man in Balmoral pleaded not guilty when he appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning.

Three lucky to be alive after police pursuit

Police say three people are lucky to be alive after a police pursuit ended with a car crashing into a creek in Waikato early today.

Killer was on parole

Killer was on parole

The man who has admitted murdering Christchurch community support worker Amy Farrall, then attacking two female hitch-hikers on the West Coast was on parole at the time of his crime spree and had been out of prison only six months.

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